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Enhance Your Teaching, Invest in Yourself



Registration opens September 2022

$1,450 (Single Payment)

Payment Options:

3 payments of $495

5 payments of $300

SOAR Aerial Dance is proud to offer our progressive teacher training in aerial hoop in a fully remote program. Taking place over four months and utilizing a mixture of live and pre-recorded content, our Fundamentals training is designed to provide the mentorship and intensive training instructors will need to be successful. When you complete our training, you’ll have confidence in yourself as an instructor, in your understanding of the “why” and “how” of what you’re teaching, and in your ability to offer your students choices and meet their unique needs. Open to anyone with prior aerial hoop experience at any level, this course will set you on the pathway to becoming a great instructor for recreational students. 


This training requires a minimum of 80 hours of active engagement. We’ll meet live over Zoom for one weekend each month during the four months of the course. This time is for us to work together in a group skills in the curriculum, receive real-time feedback, and work on cuing. The remainder of the course is self-paced and open for you to complete anytime within six months of the program start date. 

• Eight live Zoom classes: 2 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday for one weekend/month

• Individual training practice on curriculum skills

• Teaching practice

• 2 practice classes led by you and submitted to Gena for feedback

• Pre-recorded guest lectures and supplemental content


Covering the entirety of SOAR Aerial Dance’s Basics curriculum, this course will give you ample time to get familiar with each fundamental skill, how to teach it, how to cue it, and how to correct for technique and common mistakes. In addition, you’ll have access to a series of pre-recorded tutorials from Gena that break down each skill. Finally, going beyond the “look” of each skill is what really sets this course apart from others. Gena specializes in teaching aspiring instructors how to nurture inclusive classrooms that hold space for ALL bodies and how to empower their students to think critically about their aerial practice.


• Pre-recorded guest lectures on topics including anatomy, mental health, pre- and postpartum training, and rigging.

• Warm-up and conditioning planning

• Content on injury prevention, troubleshooting, and skill modification

• Class management tips

• Spotting instruction

• Personalized support and guidance from Gena


Applicants must have prior aerial hoop experience including a minimum of 6 months of consistent training. The curriculum is designed to help you become a safe, effective instructor even if you do not have years of experience under your belt. If you are interested in the course but are currently injured or otherwise unable to get on the apparatus during live sessions, please contact Gena directly to discuss your situation.

Lecture Dates (mandatory):

  •  Breath, Body Awareness, and Alignment

February 4th, 2023  2:00pm-4:00pm EST

  •  Warm-up and Conditioning

March 4th, 2023  2:00pm-4:00pm EST

  • Class Management & Class Planning

April 15th, 2023  2:00pm-4:00pm EST

  • Business of Teaching Aerial Arts

May 6th, 2023  2:00pm-4:00pm EST

  • Rigging for Aerial Instructors w/ Craig Lewis

Tuesday, February 21st, 2023  6:00pm-9:00pm EST

  • Pre/Postnatal w/ Lauren Kehl

Saturday, March 11th, 2023  1:00pm-3:00pm EST

  • Mental Health Tools for Circus Communities w/ Janelle Peters

Thursday, March 16th, 2023  6:00pm EST

  • Complete Anatomy Q&A w/ Dr. Emily Scherb

Friday, April 14th, 2023  11:00am-1:00pm EST


• A computer with reliable Internet access

• Safe rigging that has been installed by a qualified professional

• An appropriate mat

• An aerial hoop

• The Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain

•  Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts by Dr. Emily Scherb

• Optional: Hall Rigging Academy online course from Delbert Hall